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Ireland must avoid repeating the mistakes of St John Paul II’s visit in 1979

The mosaic depicts the apparition of the Virgin Mary to 15 witnesses in 1979

The cardinal discussed Pope Francis’s upcoming trip to America during a keynote speech at the Marian shrine

The pilgrims from the US arrived for the eight-day visit to the Marian shrine in County Mayo on Sunday

Homilist Fr Benny MacHale spoke of the ‘special bond’ between children and their grandparents

Next year’s event in Dublin will attract many leading Catholic figures

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